City of Bountiful Election Information
2014 Election Information- All elections this year are being handled by the County. THIS NOVEMBER 2014 ELECTION WILL BE TOTALLY BY MAIL in Davis County. Please be sure to return your ballot promptly so it will be received by the County Clerk’s office before election day. If you wish to vote in person and not by mail, you may go to any of the following vote center locations on November 4, 2014, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
Vote Center Address
Bountiful Library 725 S Main, Bountiful
Centerville Library 45 S 400 W, Centerville
Clearfield Library 562 S 1000 E, Clearfield
Farmington Community Center 120 S Main St, Farmington
Kaysville City Hall 23 E Center St, Kaysville
Layton High School 440 Lancer Lane, Layton
Syracuse Community Center 1912 W 1900 S, Syracuse
Bountiful City does not typically have any election involvement in even-numbered years. However, this year we will have one item on the ballot, which is a RAP Tax re-authorization issue. The proposition asks whether or not to re-authorize an existing 0.1% Recreation Arts and Parks sales tax which was originally approved by Bountiful voters in 2007. For more information on the RAP Tax re-authorization proposal, please see our home page at http://www.bountifulutah.gov/. If you need other election information specific to 2014, please contact the Davis County Clerk/Auditors Office at 801-451-3589 or review their internet page at http://www.co.davis.ut.us/clerkauditor/elections/default.cfm.
For General Information about City elections, please refer to the information below.
We appreciate your interest and encourage your involvement in the municipal election process. The local government level is closest to home and therefore gives you direct influence on your elected officials. Please note that although we endeavor to keep this information current, election laws change regularly and rapidly. To be safe, dates and other information posted herein should not be absolutely relied upon but should be verified with the City Recorder’s office at 801-298-6115 or in person at City Hall (790 South 100 East).
The City of Bountiful holds elections in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2015, 2017, 2019). Candidates who are successful in the municipal general election typically will take office on the first Monday in January of the year following the election. The Mayor and two Council members are elected in one year, and the other three Council Members are elected in the next election (two years later). In even-numbered years, Federal, State, and County positions are elected, and all voting is handled by the County.
Bountiful City’s election is “non-partisan”, meaning that a candidate is not nominated by nor according to party, but may come from any party. All candidates are “at-large”, meaning they can be from any location within the city boundaries and are not elected by certain voting precincts or areas but by the entire voting public of the city. Term of office for the Mayor and each Council seat is four (4) years. There are not term limits for either the Mayor or the five Council positions.
Bountiful City will hold a Primary Election the second Tuesday after the first Monday in August of odd-numbered years when the number of candidates that have filed exceeds twice the number of positions to be filled. For example, in the year that three Council seats are to be filled, there will be a primary election only if there are more than six candidates for those three seats. In a year when we have the Mayoral seat and two Council seats, a Primary will be necessary if we have more than two candidates for Mayor or more than four for Council. The two are mutually exclusive, meaning we can have a primary for Mayor but not for Council, or vice versa. Every year it seems there are frustrated citizens who believe that WE keep changing the timing of the Primary election. This is actually the result of different times for the Federal, State, and County Primary (which occurs in June of even-numbered years) versus a municipal primary (which occurs in August of odd-numbered years). The State Legislature determines the dates for filing, registering, and all other elections-related functions. They have changed many dates over the past several years, so we understand why there is confusion. Please understand this is not under the control of City personnel. We only ask for your patience and support as we work with election regulations the best we can under the constraints established for us.
The General Election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Those candidates with the highest number of total votes will take office. For example, if there are five candidates for three Council positions, the three with the highest total votes will take office. It is not determined by the number of precincts one wins, as the number of voters per precinct may vary significantly. The Mayoral candidate with the highest number of votes becomes Mayor. One may not run for both Mayor and Council offices simultaneously. However, a sitting Council member may run for Mayor, and if elected, he or she would resign from the Council position once sworn in as Mayor (if there was still time remaining in their Council term). In this case, the new Council and Mayor (after being sworn in) would accept applications from interested parties and would appoint a new Council member to complete the term remaining from the Council member who resigned.
KEY ELECTION DATES
Candidate Filing Period– In 2013, the filing period was changed to June 1 to June 7 during regular office hours. Persons wanting to become a candidate for municipal office should obtain an election packet from the City Recorder’s office (790 South 100 East) and file in person at the same location.
Meet the Candidates Night– This is typically held on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (790 South 100 East, Bountiful) a few weeks prior to the General election. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, it is an opportunity to meet the candidates prior to the election to determine what their views and concerns are and whether or not they match with yours.
Primary Election– If a municipal Primary election is necessary, it occurs on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in August of odd-numbered years, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Note: This is for municipal elections only. County, State and Federal elections occur on a different date in even-numbered years.)
General Election– Held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please Note that in 2014, Davis County is handling voting BY MAIL. A ballot is mailed out to every registered voter approximately four weeks prior to election day, and voted ballots must be postmarked on or before election day and be received by the County Clerk before the official canvass in order to be counted. If you wish to vote in person, rather than by mail, you may go on election day to any of the vote centers listed at the beginning of this voter information.
County In-Person or On-Line Voter Registration - The last day you may register, in person at the County Clerk’s office (68 South Main, Farmington) or on-line is 15 days prior to the election. If you voted in the prior year’s election or the Primary of the current year, you need not re-register unless you have moved or changed your name.
By-Mail Registration- If registering with a “By-Mail” form, it must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election. The by-mail form is available near the cashier’s counter at Bountiful City Hall or on the State of Utah website at http://elections.utah.gov/. If time is limited, we recommend you register in person (see In-Person info above) to be sure to meet the necessary deadline.
On-Line Voter Registration– You may register on-line at http://elections.utah.gov/ by selecting “Register to Vote” and following the instructions provided. On-line registration must be completed no later than 15 days prior to the election. Be sure you take your picture ID, with current address, to the polls if you vote in person.
Since voter registration is a County function, please contact the County Clerk’s office (451-3589) if you have questions about registering to vote. It is strongly recommended that you register as early as possible.
CANDIDATE FILING & POSITIONS TO BE FILLED
The City holds elections every two years (during the odd-numbered years). In 2015, three Council members will be selected. In 2017, the Mayor and the other two Council members will be elected. Due to this alternating selection process, there is at least some continuity in the political body even if every open position is filled with a newcomer in any given year. All elected positions are “at-large”, meaning the candidates may live anywhere within the City and are not elected by a specific precinct or district. This is also a “non-partisan election”, meaning all candidates are on one ticket with no party distinction being made. Each candidate for office must file a "Declaration of Candidacy" with the City Recorder's Office (790 South 100 East) during regular office hours between June 1 and June 7 and pay a $25.00 filing fee at the time of filing. Anyone interested in running for municipal office should obtain, from the City Recorder’s office, an informational packet concerning filing, sign ordinances, campaign financial disclosure, and other election rules and information.
Qualifications for a candidate are:
(1) Be a United States citizen at time of filing.
(2) Be at least 18 years old at the time of the next general (November) municipal election.
(3) Be a registered voter of the municipality.
(4) Be a legal resident of the municipality or a resident of a recently annexed area for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election (November).
(5) Not be a convicted felon currently incarcerated or a mentally incompetent person whose right to hold elective office has not been restored. (Pursuant to Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any person convicted of a felony, treason, or crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this state until the right to vote or hold office is restored as provided by statute.)
The candidate must declare at the time of filing that he/she meets all of the above qualifications. Therefore, a candidate must file “in person with the City Recorder”or Deputy Recorder [per State Code 20A-9-203] unless the nomination method is used. Or, if candidate is an overseas military person, you may use a designated agent combined with electronic communication such as Skype.
There are three filing methods by which a citizen may become a candidate for Mayor or City Council. The first is a "Declaration of Candidacy" form which must be filed by the prospective candidate, in person, with the City Recorder's Office between June 1 and June 7 of the year the election is held (unless June 7 is a weekend, in which case the deadline will be the Monday immediately following the 7th). The second method is a “Nomination Petition” whereby a candidate may be nominated by a minimum of 25 residents who are at least 18 years old and who sign a properly completed nomination. This filing must also be completed by the June 7 deadline. Finally, you may file as a Write-In Candidate. A write-in candidate must file a declaration of candidacy form just like any other candidate, except that he/she may file up to 60 days prior to the November General Election (approximately three months later than the normal filing period). Write-in candidates are not allowed in the Primary Election. Obviously, due to the very nature and definition of write-in candidacy, that person’s name will not be printed on the ballot but must be written in by voters. That is the trade-off for the late filing privilege. All candidates must pay a $25.00 filing fee at the time of filing. Filing fees shall be refundable only if it is determined that the person filing is not qualified to be a candidate or is found to have improperly filed. If using a nomination petition, the person filing the form must pay the fee. At the time of filing, the candidate must declare which office is being sought (Mayor or Council).
STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC VOTER INFORMATION WEBSITE
The State of Utah has a website which allows registered voters to view information particular to them, including their polling place, elected officials, and a sample ballot with information about candidates and propositions. All candidates are invited to provide information to be included on that website so that interested voters may learn about each candidate and their platform. The website is located at http://www.elections.utah.gov/ under the “Voter Information” option at the top of the page. When you review the sample ballot, you may click on those candidate names which are highlighted in order to display their personal information, helping you learn more about them. (Only candidates who have provided information will have their names highlighted to allow access.) Candidates are also required to submit their campaign financial disclosure reports so that interested citizens may review them at this same web location (or on the City’s website if a link is provided on the State site).
As noted previously (see KEY ELECTION DATES section), voter registration is a County function, so City personnel cannot register you to vote. You may go directly to the County Clerk’s office, use a By-Mail form, register on-line, or register at some other State/County agency when you update your driver’s license or other information. Whichever option you choose, remember that the County Clerk’s office must show that you are registered no later than 15 days prior to the election or you will not be allowed to vote in the pending election. To participate in Early Voting, you must be registered no later than 30 days prior to the election.
The following are the requirements to be eligible to vote (per State code 20A-2-101):
1. Be a United States citizen.
2. Be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election.
3. Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next election (the November General Election).
4. Have your principal place of residence in a specific voting precinct in Utah.
A person who has been convicted of a felony, whose right to vote has not been restored as provided by law, may not register to vote while incarcerated (20A-2-101.5).
VOTER IDENTIFICATION (ID) REQUIRED AT THE POLLS
Per State law, valid voter identification is required when voting at the polls. The following is a fairly comprehensive list of acceptable forms of ID (Per Utah Code 20A-1-102(82):
"Valid voter identification" means a form of identification that bears the name AND photograph of the voter which may include:
- a currently valid Utah driver license;
- a currently valid identification card that is issued by:
-the state; or
-a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
- a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
- a currently valid United States passport; or
- a currently valid United States military identification card;
- one of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter:
-a valid tribal identification card;
-a Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or
-a tribal treaty card;
TWO forms of identification not listed under above but that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:
- a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the election;
- a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
- a certified birth certificate;
- a valid Social Security card;
- a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
- a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
- a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
- certified naturalization documentation;
- a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
- a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
- a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card;
- a currently valid identification card issued by:
-a local government within the state;
-an employer for an employee; or
-a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state; or
-a current Utah vehicle registration (this will soon be invalid, as the address will be removed from the registration in the near future).
Note: If a valid form of Identification listed under the first section does not contain a photograph of the voter (except for tribal ID cards as noted), then one other form of Identification listed in the second section must be included.
Voters who do not present proper identification at the polls may vote using a provisional ballot. However the provisional ballot will not count unless they provide valid voter identification to the election official within 5 days after the election.
In the case that one’s income falls below the federal poverty guideline issued by the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, he or she can receive a free identification card from the driver license division.
The voter information card issued by the County is NOT acceptable ID, as it is merely an information card noting that you are registered to vote and providing your precinct and other information for your use.
For the past few elections, Bountiful City has contracted with the County Clerk’s Office for electronic election services. This has reduced staffing needs and kept election costs lower, as well as helping to move voters through more quickly. We have also utilized Vote Centers which combine a number of precincts into one central location, thereby reducing costs for our citizens. Each voter will be assigned to a Vote Center according to his or her home address/precinct location. However, you may vote at any of the available Bountiful Vote Centers during our election. When the County hosts County, State and Federal elections in even-numbered years, you typically will be allowed to vote at any vote center within the County, not just within your home city. But this does not typically apply for municipal elections where you must use a center within your city. The table below indicates each regular precinct and the Vote Center location where citizens of each precinct were assigned to vote during the 2013 Bountiful election. If you need to know your precinct number, you may go to the Voter Information website at http://www.elections.utah.gov/.
Regular Precinct #
Vote Center Address
Bountiful #s 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Boulton Elementary School
2611 South Orchard Dr
Bountiful #s 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
St Olaf’s Catholic School
1793 South Orchard Dr
Bountiful #s 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
725 South Main Street
Bountiful #s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
South Davis Recreation Center
550 North 200 West
You may wonder Why do I sometimes vote at one location, change to a different location the next year or election, and then change back the following time? It is due to voter turnout, budget constraints, and the type of election being held. Sadly, the City typically does not have a large turnout for municipal elections. The County, on the other hand, handles the County, State, and Federal elections which typically experience much higher voter interest and turnout. As a result, the City is able to consolidate more precincts into fewer locations, thereby reducing costs. By using vote centers, we typically reduce to just four vote center locations, and we try to use the same locations the County used in the prior year. But please understand this is not always possible if the County needs more locations due to a large turnout. For example, in 2012, the County had a huge turnout due to the Presidential election. As a result, they used twelve vote centers in Bountiful, thereby again causing some confusion for voters at the next election where we used only four. We will strive to be as consistent from year to year as we can be while still trying to contain costs for our citizens. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience from one election to another, but hope that your ability to vote at any of the vote centers will alleviate any confusion or problems.
(This typically will not be an issue if we continue to do voting by mail. However, if we depart from a by-mail-only election, then absentee voting again becomes an issue.) Registered voters who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote on election day or who simply choose to not “bother” with the polls may obtain an absent-voter ballot (aka “by mail ballot”) during the designated time prior to the municipal election and through 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to the election. (Please note that we do not handle absent-voter ballots or any other voting during even-numbered election years when Federal, State, and County officials are elected. The County handles ALL voting in those years.) In the even-numbered years, we contract with the County for election services, so absent-voter ballots may be obtained in person at the City Recorder’s office (790 S 100 E, Bountiful, Utah, 84010) or at the County Clerk’s Office (61 South Main, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025-0618) or by mailing a request to either of those addresses. To reduce the risk of a request and/or ballot not getting to/from the Recorder’s or Clerk’s office in time, we suggest coming into the office in person or participating in Early Voting if at all possible. However, if you choose to mail your request, please indicate your full name, address of residence, address to which the ballot should be mailed (if different from residence), your date of birth, and the election for which you desire a ballot (you may request a ballot for both the Primary and General election if desired). The person who will vote the ballot must also sign the letter/application. In person absent-voter ballot completion may be accomplished, at the locations noted above, no later than 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to the election. A by-mail application for an absent-voter ballot also may not be accepted after 5 p.m. on the Thursday immediately preceding the election. Overseas requests require more time for postal service, so please allow as much time as possible. If you feel you have special or complicated circumstances or are unclear regarding any of the information concerning an absent-voter ballot, please call the Bountiful City Recorder’s office directly (801-298-6115) or the County Clerk’s Office (801-451-3589).
A special “hospitalized absent-voter ballot” may be obtained on the day of the election for a voter who is admitted and confined to a medical or long-term care institution after the above-noted Thursday deadline. Please call the City Recorder’s office if you need additional information regarding this option.
(Early Voting also will not occur with a totally by-mail election, as there is no need to have polls open for two weeks prior to election day. Voters will already have their ballots from the mail.) Utah State election law provides for early voting to begin 14 days prior to the official election day and end the Friday prior to election day. Those wishing to vote early during an even-numbered year may find the County’s early voting schedule and locations at http://www.daviscountyutah.gov/clerkauditor/elections/default.cfm.
In order to vote early, a voter must provide valid photo I.D. and must be registered no less than 30 days prior to the election.